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In this article I shall look at the ways that Shakespeare has been bad with goodness in his play Macbeth. The drama revolves around the evil and bad attributes in human nature, but Shakespeare also contrasts this evil with the power of goodness. This comparison between good and bad is a recurring theme throughout Macbeth. All these contradictions begin in the very start of the drama, with all the witches. In Act one, Scene one, line 12, the witches say, "Fair is foul and foul is fair." This is intriguing as they are suggesting good and bad as being one. The witches' line reflects on human nature because there are acceptable and foul facets to everyone. Shakespeare wished to get this information across as the main character, Macbeth, is a prime illustration of the battle between good and bad within a single individual. This opening scene is placed in a battle field. The scary thunder and lightening is a good instance of pathetic fallacy; the weather reflects the aggressive atmosphere and vicious characters. A wicked setting is established along with the witches, too, are instantly established as evil. The witches speak in rhyming couplets which sound as they are casting a spell. This shows the viewers that these characters are to be feared as they are not natural beings. The second witch says in line 4, "After the battle is lost, and won." This is another contradiction from the witches. It shows that there are always two sides to each story, as an example, in a battle, 1 side will triumph and one side will lose. I believe that this demonstrates that the witches are untrustworthy because they never provide a direct answer. This usually means that they won't ever tell a lie but what they say may be translated to mean something else. According to 8, the witches cite that they will "meet with Macbeth". .